Support Sustainable Wood Manufacturing

Target: American Consumers

Goal: Stop buying furniture and wood products that are not produced from sustainable sources.

The forests of our earth are dwindling, and with them populations of wildlife are facing extinction and our environment is being threatened. Trees provide homes for animals and absorb greenhouse gases, creating a safer more livable community for wildlife and humans alike. Thus, with the intensification of deforestation, issues surrounding endangered species and inadequate air quality are becoming more aggravated. If we continue at this rate, the majority of the world’s rainforests will be utterly destroyed in the next 40 years.

Deforestation is mainly a consequence of the illegal logging of unsustainable trees such as koa, mahogany, cedar and teak trees that are then imported into countries such as the United States. In fact, the U.S. is the number one importer of tropical wood sources. However, American companies can just as easily obtain their wood from more sustainable and local sources such as red oak, maple, white pine, and walnut trees.

With over 367 million acres of trees deemed sustainable by the Rainforest Alliance, there is no reason that products should be made from unsustainable wood sources. The logging of unsustainable trees will not stop unless we as consumers take a stand and engage in acts of negative peace. We must boycott products made from unsustainable sources and stop buying imported wood. By ceasing to purchase imported wood that is made from tree sources that are not sustainable we will both urge and force manufactures to use wood that is more eco-friendly.

PETITION LETTER

Dear American Consumers,

Deforestation is a serious issue that affects our wildlife, our environment and the entire human race. Trees are the homes of many creatures, are absorbers of greenhouse gases and are a joy of the natural environment. Despite these positive attributes though, deforestation continues to be an issue with numerous negative consequences.

Ironically, there need be no issue at all. If manufacturers would only use sustainable wood sources for production, deforestation would decrease exponentially. We as consumers can ensure that this happens in a number of ways.

You can personally take action by inquiring into the source of wood when purchasing goods made from wood. When purchasing, you should also always look for seals on products that prove the wood used came from a sustainable source: these seals include those of Rainforest Alliance, Forest Stewardship Council and Scientific Certification Systems.

We can make a change with the power of both our action and our inaction. Take a stand against the deterioration of our world and in its inhabitants by pledging to buy only wood made from sustainable sources.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. I was with you until you took the stance that bamboo is “sustainable”. Bamboo is usually harvested and processed using mistreated Chinese labor. Forests have been cleared to plant bamboo. Bamboo is one of the most invasive species on the planet and can take over forests. It requires much more energy to process into products. It is loaded with chemicals and adhesives when made into products. And finally it performs very poorly in any higher wear areas and cannot be refinished, but rather must be thrown away and replaced. If we are speaking of using bamboo for scaffolding in China than maybe it is sustainable, but as a building product in the U.S. it simply is not. Otherwise, great article and petition.

  2. I forgot to mention two other things about bamboo – the amount of fertilizers used to increase the growth rate (and the resulting effect on Chinese water quality) and the carbon footprint of shipping thousands of miles. See this article showing that even concrete (not really considered very “green”) sourced from within 500 miles of a project has lower embodied energy and emmissions than bamboo.

    http://www.oriental-bamboo.co.za/reference/embodied_energy_considerations_in_existing_leed_credits.pdf

    When it comes to the sustainability of the resource, life cycle analysis, and embodied energy – regionally-sourced certified wood presents a very strong case as a building material.

    I hope that you’ll consider removing the bamboo verbiage so I can sign this important call to action and forward it to other partners that believe that responsible purchasing can make a difference!

    Thanks again for bringing attention to this important subject!

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